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Hi :)
I think the comment about sacking your tech support was meant as a joke.  I
think we kinda assume people who reach this mailing-list probably ARE the
tech support.  I'm sure everyone makes amusing blunders at times.  Easier
to laugh about it after recovery!

Wrt keyboards i can never figure out why so many paper-clips still getting
trapped in there when i haven't even used any in about 10 years.  Maybe my
coat-hangers regress into paper-clips as i never have enough of them.

Is there still a problem with some weird things still going on?  It sounded
like you had solved the issues ..
Regards from
Tom :)

On 5 August 2014 18:22, Gregory Forster <> wrote:

Woops, I meant to click the spell-check and not the send.  That all
explains well for the unexplained highlighting, but what about the random
;6 (semi-colon and the number six) at times, or the random : (colon) at
times, replacing cell contents by just pressing a directional arrow key.
 That,  I can't  figure out.  No, I won't sack my tech (he's my son - we
work together). It ONLY happens with LO Calc, not Impress, or Writer, or
Base, or any other program.  In fact, I extensively use Gnucash.  I am the
Treasurer, Financial Accountant and do the payroll for church and also use
Gnucash for personal finance records - No problems.

However, you did give me ideas and reminders.   I've always been very
passionate about backups and keeping your hard drive clean from malware,
viruses, rootkits, etc. of which we also nag our clients about..  I forgot
about keeping the keyboard clean.  Thank you.


On 8/5/2014 1:58 AM, Brian Barker wrote:

At 22:25 04/08/2014 -0500, Gregory Forster wrote:

I have an inconsistent and not often issue with Calc. [...] Calc does
weird things now and then. [...] Sometimes, I complete a calculation in a
cell, and press the Enter or Down Arrow key. My calculation will disappear
and a ;6 will appear in the cell. Or I may randomly highlight a cell to
check a formula, then when I press a directional arrow, my calculation will
disappear and a : will reside in that cell. Sometimes, I'll just move an
arrow key, or the mouse to move from one cell to another and wherever I
move will highlight as if I was holding down the Shift key. [...]  This all
started in early July. [...] I changed different versions of LibreOffice
(vs 4). I have LO 4.3.0, 4.2.5, 4.2.2, 4.1.4, 4.1.3, 4.1.2, and 4.0.3
(which I am currently using).  I still had the same issues with whichever
version used.

I discussed the issues and history with another tech and he reasoned
(the same as I) that LO was having memory conflict issues with one or more
simultaneous running programs.

What, you mean that LibreOffice - in many different versions - is
improperly sharing memory with other programs for you but not for anyone
else? And why would that behaviour change in early July? Perhaps you should
sack your "tech".

 My questions are: Has anyone else experienced the same?

I doubt it - at least, not as a problem with the software.

 Does my reasoning sound feasible?


 Any ideas?

If you spend a lot of time on one project or using one application, it is
very easy to blame a more general problem with your computer on the
particular application.
o Try draining the spilt coffee from your keyboard.
o Try shaking the biscuit crumbs from your keyboard.
o Try poking out the cat hairs from your keyboard.
o Try running your computer manufacturer's diagnostics (especially those
for the keyboard).
o Try attaching an external keyboard and using for a sufficient period to
o Does your notebook have a trackpad? Is your thumb or palm grazing the
trackpad as you move your fingers about? You won't believe this is
possible, so get someone else to watch as you use the system for a period.
Try temporarily disabling the trackpad or reducing its sensitivity to test.

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker


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